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New Trust is seeking investors to assist motivated young people

The New Beginning Education Trust has been publicly launched by its founding trustee Kerry Judd at a speech before Hamilton Rotary Club.

Ms Judd said she was now “openly seeking investors” for the educational and professional training trust.

With a long history of involvement with programmes such as Mirrors, Ms Judd said New Beginnings intends to raise $5 million over the next five years to become a self-funding trust providing cash-strapped young Bermudians with opportunities.

“Bermuda right now has several hundred young people with goals around education and professional development who are also in financial need. There's a lot for students in Bermuda with A and B plus grades, but this is about providing for the young people without those same grade criteria.”

As examples, she said the trust could help young people “who drop out and pick themselves back up” or “the young person who does not have years of volunteering on their student resume”.

Candidates will be expected to have completed a personal development programme such as Mirrors or Raleigh International, and acceptance into some form of higher education or training. A personal reference from a life coach is also needed.

Ultimately, the trust should support those whose educational focus “does not fit the way out society says that it has to”, she said.

In order to build up an endowment for the organisation, Ms Judd said she wanted to avoid traditional donors who are often seen as wealthy.

“I'm not just going to go to people because I believe they have money. I think it's better to create investment opportunities for people to donate just $20 a month, and get all sectors of the community involved.”

She told Hamilton Rotary to see young people as “strong, intelligent, passionate, dedicated. They have dreams and goals. They want safety and security. They want to feel as though someone actually gives a damn.”

She said she will launch a new campaign for investors in the coming months.

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Enquiries should be sent to: newsbeginningstrust@northrock.bm

Kerry Judd, founding trustee of the New Beginnings Education Trust spoke at Hamilton Rotary about a new initiative to assist motivated young people.

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Published March 09, 2011 at 8:00 am (Updated March 09, 2011 at 8:38 am)

New Trust is seeking investors to assist motivated young people

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